Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Internet search behemoth Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Google's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Google facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Mountain View, Calif. (1998)

Market Cap

$156.9 billion


Internet information providers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$31.12 billion


Co-Founder/CEO Dr. Larry Page

CFO Patrick Pichette

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$36.7 billion / $5.1 billion



Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)

Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 85% of the 16,797 members who have rated Google believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star RedandBlack, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community, and TMFSamstevens.

A few months ago, RedandBlack touched on Google's recent price weakness:

The market is not giving Mr. Page the benefit of the doubt. He is spending cash for future opportunities and the market doesn't like it. ... I think GOOG will continue to pull in tons of cash and the various opportunities of YouTube, medicine, transportation, not to mention mobile advertising will drive the price higher. Outperform long term.

In fact, Google currently trades at a cheapish PEG ratio of 0.8. That represents a discount to competitors like AOL (1.3), Microsoft (0.9), and Yahoo! (1.6).

CAPS member TMFSamstevens expands on the outperform argument:

Google might just take over the world someday. They are transcendent. Anytime you can own a transcendent company you are doing something right. Everyone always has that "what if it does an AOL" fear but really, AOL is the only example I can think of where a transcendent company just fell from graces over a short period of time... .

But just consider the upside. Consider how [many] companies have just kept rising and rising over time. And with the recent earnings miss you can get GOOG at a P/E of only 20! For a company like this that's a total bargain. I think Google has a lot of room to run and I want in.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!, and creating diagonal call position in Microsoft. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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